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9/2/2020 5:20:35 PM
1 Cor. 3:18-23 /Ps. 23:1-2,3-4,5-6 /Lk. 5:1-11 (Ps Wk II)

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John Buchen once wrote: "The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive, but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope." As disciples of Jesus we are called to spend our lives in pursuit of our own personal sanctity! We cannot obtain it as a product of our labours, but when we submit to the commands of Jesus, the results are more significant than our imagining.

Our God delights in making the impossible possible - in changing peoples' lives in ways which no one could ever predict or expect. Unreliable Peter, the fisherman, probably did not ever imagine himself as Saint Peter the bishop of Rome, but look who he became! Are we willing to allow God to remake us? Will we set aside our expertise and allow God to instruct us in the paths we should follow?

By our baptism, each of us has been called to be a fisher of men and women. As disciples of Christ, we are called to hand on what we have received. God comes to us in the midst of our busy, burdened lives. Whether we are with IT technology, politics, fishing, construction, community service, teaching, learning, rearing children or whatever our current occupation maybe, God calls us to reassert our true vocation and unite ourselves to God in the midst of the practice of our occupation and vacations. God calls us to preach the Good News, with words if we must, but more convincingly with our lives.

Lord, with Your grace, may we be fishers of men and women and attain our life's true goal: union with God. 
  

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9月3日( 四 )   常年期第二十二週 聖額我略一世(教宗、聖師)

格林多前書 3:18-23
聖詠 24[23]:1-2,3-4,5-6
路加福音 5:1-11

「做你正在做的」── 世紀以來,靈修導師都喜歡用這句相信是出自聖額我略的格言來培育人,來擴闊人對天主臨在的意識。這格言在日後更引申出許多不同的演繹,例如「活在當下」。

聖依納爵教導我們︰天主跟我們訴說現在,魔鬼卻跟我們訴說將來。將來,當然是不可預見的,超出了我們的控制範圍,所以具威脅性,會令我們感到恐懼。

近年,愈來愈多人對「正念」(mindfulness)這精神狀態感興趣。不過有人認為太富佛教色彩。佛教當然講授「正念」,但正念或「專心致志將精神集中在目前的一刻」是我們天主教靈修的寶貴宗旨。一位十六世紀的耶穌會士更將其發展為:「每個當下都是一件聖事」。

天父,請賜予我們一顆寧靜的心與活在當下的精神,好讓我們常懷感激之情,開放聆聽祢在我們心底裏要跟我們說的話。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
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